Spring skiing…without the offspring! lovely finds on the way to the slopes.

Highland Merchants Moss Vale

A 3 day getaway (kid free) ! Was just what the Dr ordered after a busy School term!

The husband and I thought we would try our luck with the last week of the Ski Season and make our way to Thredbo.

We dropped the kids to the in-laws on the way down (Southern Highlands) and always pop into The Highlands Merchant in Mossvale for coffee and cake! (Pic 1) Only and hour and half from here and we arrive at our fave… Hotel Hotel in Canberra.

A few highlights and must eats /

  • Italian and Sons – Amazing fresh Italian in Braddon. The crab and squid ink linguini was amazing!

The rest are all around New Acton where Hotel Hotel is located and is a very cool little area!

Mocan and Green Grout / fabulous den like restaurant with a morrocan vibe and great tapas style food.

Black Market / small, dark, intimate bar underneath A.Baker (also great cafe). Great for pre dinner drink or night cap! I had the Pink Panther… amazing Gin with pomegranate and a side of cotton candy!

Monster Bar and Kitchen / fabulous breakfast if staying in the hotel. Good coffee and super homemade crumpets!

We took the hotel bikes out for a ride around lake Burley Griffin which was a nice afternoon activity.

Thredbo / 19 years since I have been to Thredbo and not much has changed (except our super modern apartment which is a rarity amongst snow accom).

I came across The Eastern on Instagram and locked in the dates as soon as I could.

A little tricky to find but once inside is a real treat! Modern timber floors and ceiling, a mix of ply and white cement walls and a very functional super modern kitchen. The apartment is studio style so best for couples or small family.   Loved the modern white bathroom…with underfloor heating, stylish Scandi touches and lovely cozy bed!  not to mention the amazing views right across the snowy mountains and close proximity to Village and chairlift access. We booked this via airbandb and our host Monique was great!

Recommendations //

Coffee / Central Road 2625 – in the heart of the Village and local meeting place for coffee and brunch.

Merits/ top of Merits charlift and very popular for ski bunnies seeking warmth! Amazing hot choc with marshmallows, whipped cream and cherry (or a shot of liquor if your heart desires)

Sneaky schnapps or happy hour at The Alpine Hotel.

We were too tired to dine out and loved our cosy pad so made pizza and salad at home with a vino, followed by Netflix and Chill!!

A few people had recommend the sweet Country Cafe at Collector called Some Cafe… What a lovely find just off the Federal Highway!  All white Country cottage with gorgeous fresh blooms and delicious pastries on show. The avocado on rye with lemon, dukkah and egg was delish!

Next door is Collector Wines, small, white and just lovely! We tasted a few Vinos (and purchased a few of course! rude not to)! and hit the road back to those little humans called kids! Oh yeah I forgot about them! Ha!

Lovely escape to catch up with the husband but more importantly laugh at him on the slopes!!! X b

DIY Mini apple tartlets

Easy peasy (delicious) apple tartlets!

Create these little yummy treats for your next party or dessert midweek…

You will need:


4 x green apples (peeled and diced)

4 x tbsp brown sugar

Juice of half a lemon

1 x tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp salt, nutmeg, allspice

1/2 cup water


  • 15 x Pampas pastry sweet tart cases
  • Cornstarch for thickening
  • Whipped cream or Greek yogurt for topping


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  • Mix all above (filling) ingredients in a medium sauce pan on medium heat
  • Combine and stir all ingredients and cook on low heat for 10 mins (mixing occasionally)
  • Once apples have softened, mixture is ready, add a little cornstarch if you feel it needs thickening. Set aside.
  • Put Pampas pastry cases in the oven for 10-15 mins
  • Once pastry cases are ready and mixture is at room temp, pop 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple mixture into cases
  • Serve with a dollop of cream or yoghurt

Harper topper from little confetti love

Enjoy x b

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